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January Leftovers

The dreaded leftovers. Everyone has them, no one wants to eat them. ¬†So there I am pondering my Terry’s chocolate orange (it’s not Terry’s it’s mine ūüėāūüėā – love Dawn French).

I digress. What does one DO with a a leftover chocolate orange ?  Melt it down into some kind of confectionery chocolate dessert or the like? Not ideal obviously when we are *trying to be good*

Scones it is. Moderately sweet with a modicum of class making them acceptable to both create and eat in January.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Scones are made up of ingredients that will almost certainly include flour, a raising agent, milk, egg and a sweetener if they are the more traditional sweet scone.
Scones ALWAYS NEED to go into a pre- heated oven; the cooking times are short so they need that heat hit straight away.

Goddards House & gardens in North Yorkshire, was the family home of Noel Goddard Terry, creator of our aforementioned Terry’s Chocolate orange. Did you know it had a predecessor? The chocolate Apple……

 

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Afternoon Tea Part 2- the posh kind!

And we’re back to tea. But the posh nosh one this time. ¬†I think you have to have a balance of sweet and savoury. ¬†And people usually expect a sandwich, a scone and some cake. ¬†The combination and quantities are up to you.

Tea Menu:

A selection of open sandwiches, with a variety of toppings on a sourdough made from oak smoked flour

Parma ham and Rocket Macaron

Fruit Scone with Cream and Raspberry Jam

Pistachio and Rose Friands

Strawberry Meringues

and of course…. some Darjeeling Tea

Afternoon Tea

Some open sandwiches to start things off

I had decided to be a little adventurous with my second savoury option. ¬†Macaron filled with parma ham, mascarpone cream and some rocket leaves. ¬†The macaron could have been better, they tasted fine but lacked the obligatory “foot”. ¬†So more practice is needed. ¬†But they were really delicious.

Savoury Macaron

Savoury Macaron

My better half is the scone maker in our house, and my favourite is fruit.  Although herself prefers the chocolate ones, and Nigel likes the cherry.  Each to his own! But they have to be served with cream and some sort of jam.  I had made some raspberry jam last week so went with that.

Afternoon Tea Scones

Afternoon Tea Scones

And then the bit that everyone is dying for- the sweet stuff. ¬†Of course as strawberries are bang in season, and meringues are just so good. ¬†There’s nothing nicer. And they can be made in advance adn stored in a tin. ¬†I was talking to a lady recently and she spoke of freezing her meringues when cooked. ¬†I had never heard of this- and although I do freeze any extra egg whites, I have never actually frozen the meringue once it’s made. ¬†

Strawberry and Cream Meringue Nests

Strawberry and Cream Meringue Nests

So the other little adventure was Pistachio Financiers.  OMG.  A revelation.  How I did not eat them all is beyond me. They are so light and easy to eat.  They are not messy, and can be finished off in a couple of dainty bites.  I will most definitely be making these again!  

Afternoon Tea

Pistachio Financiers


“B” is for Baking Beautiful Bread

Baking Bread

Baking Bread

My gentle foray into food sales is making me very happy. Not for the money aspect (very little return!), but because people seem to really be enjoying what I’m making.

(And as no-one seems to want my cakes…..)

I’ve decided to sell our bread. ¬†All will be freshly made to order;

Ballymaloe Brown Yeast Bread

Brown Yeast Bread

Brown Yeast Bread

White Soda Bread

Soda Bread Chicken Sandwich

Soda Bread Chicken Sandwich

White Yeast Rolls

White yeast bread rolls

White yeast bread rolls

Scones

Strawberry jam on scones

Strawberry jam on scones

White or Flavoured Sourdough

White Sourdough

White Sourdough

 

 

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Home. The place to practice.

I went home last weekend and was delighted to see everyone, and all the animals. My oldest cat, Percy, ignored me. ¬†Punishment I’d say.

Nicki & Percy

Nicki & Percy

Eile, the collie was delighted to see me, but there again is delighted to see anyone, a true guard dog.

Eile watching it all from her bench

Eile watching it all from her bench

Eddie the donkey was happy to get a visit too, although my beautiful mare was more interested in Nigel’s apples.

Eddie and the stag

Eddie and the stag

Missy in the field

Missy in the field

I am truly lucky to have a wonderful kitchen that we can all be in together, either cooking or just chatting.  But it was a hive of activity as I practised ( and showed off just a little!), my new recipes and skills.

Celeriac soup with Chorizo crumb, served with the Ballymaloe Brown bread

Celeriac soup with Chorizo crumb, served with the Ballymaloe Brown bread

I STILL haven’t got the bread just right, but it’s improving. ¬†Some things we saw in demo, we didn’t get a chance to make during the week, Limoncello – so of course I had to start that process

The start of the limoncello

The start of the limoncello

The chocolate fudge pudding went down a complete treat, but there simply wasn’t enough time to photograph it as it was simply inhaled!

Ballymaloe Cookery Schools Demo photo

Ballymaloe Cookery Schools Demo photo

 

Scones and bread, staples of any good weekend

Scones and bread, staples of any good weekend

I look forward to more practice this weekend.